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Keeping teeth white during lockdown

Keeping teeth white during lockdown

Well here we are in very unusual times with many of us stuck at home with not much to do except watch tons of Netflix and check out what’s new to buy online.

Once our practical activities are completed for the day, maybe it’s a good time to reflect on our appearances. Here we’re going to specifically look at improving our smiles ready for when we start meeting people again.

We have good news for you: Now is the time to reflect on your smile and see how it can be greatly improved and boost your confidence.

You’ll be surprised how many people actually neglect their teeth in lockdown, so let’s have a look at what good practises we can put in place to keep our teeth healthy at home.

One more question, how serious do we take our dental hygiene when we don’t have to see people face to face?

You might be lucky enough to have a job in today’s climate and working remotely from home via a web cam, so keeping up appearances can still be quite an important responsibility.

The first task which many of us can lapse into is not brushing our teeth on a regular daily basis.

The recommended times are at least twice a day. Once in the morning and again before bed. This will help towards keeping the teeth fresh,  good looking and clean keeping those unwanted stains and debris away.

So, it is need to maintain our dental health on a daily basis. Sometimes, it’s a real struggle during these times to get to the dentist, especially as they have a building backlog of patients ready for when they can operate again so prevention is better than cure.

There’s an age old saying: It’s better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than a hospital at the bottom.

The last thing anyone wants to risk is a suffering toothache, which makes brushing our teeth super important during these times.

Teeth Whitening during lockdown

As we’re discussing looking after our teeth during lockdown, then how can we maintain white teeth when we can’t easily get along to a professional teeth whitening provider?

We have written some great articles like the top 10 tips to keeping your teeth white which are certainly worth having a read, as we discuss in a bit more depth simple things you can do at home.

We are also dedicated to keeping our 24/7 support helpline open for any questions you have during this difficult time relating to teeth whitening, and the best and most suitable advice.

Cut down on sweets and sugar

How easy is it to pick up a bag of sweets, dip extra biscuits or have a few extra slices of cake during lockdown – very easy if you ask many people with a sweet tooth.

As well as the coinciding effects this can have on our weight, it will also be taking its toll on our teeth.

So, try and cut down on these guilty pleasures and be aware of the damage it can be doing to our teeth short term and long term.

Reduce high teeth staining habits

We mention these quite a lot through our site and discuss these in more depth here.

Again, when stuck indoors and working at home smoking more becomes more prevalent during lockdown. Let’s face it a fag break can be taken at anytime! Try and cut them down.

A lot of people smoke more at home simply with the added stresses lockdown can bring.

Our recommendation is to cut down smoking, or at least take up an alternative like e-cigarettes or vapes that don’t contain tar which can easily stain the teeth.

Children and Oral Dental Care

Children’s dental healthcare

Many countries all over the world do not have an awareness of dental health and especially giving kids the right supervision.

Even some adults may not look after their teeth well, so how much more important is it that we ensure our kids do.

By looking after and correctly supervising the health your child’s teeth, you are setting them up for the future to have healthy, dazzling white looking teeth which in time they’ll greatly appreciate.

There are various online surveys you can read about how vital children’s dental care is, and that it shouldn’t be neglected.

It’s really important to keep up to date as this will save you many trips to the local dentist in the future as well.

Oral Health should be a high priority

So, we hopefully have understood a bit more about keeping our teeth healthy and that oral heal should be a high priority not just for ourselves but for our kids as well during these lockdown times.

It’s always good to keep up with a new fresh toothbrush. Some people opt for an electric toothbrush which has its benefits, but most important a good hard toothbrush helps really remove those stains along with a whitening toothpaste.

If you are struggling to keep your teeth white, or you need that extra boost to kick-start the motivation for a whiter smile, then please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you.

As ever, we love to hear your comment so please feel free to have your say below.

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Please keep looking after your teeth and if you found our article ‘Keeping teeth white during lockdown’, then we look forward to hearing from you.

If you have an enthusiasm for keeping your teeth white then you can also enquire about when to book a teeth whitening appointment for when the lockdown eases.

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Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White

Top 10 Tips for keeping your teeth white

Top 10 list of tips to help keeping your teeth white

Here we’re going to look at the 10 Top Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White and see how these can help you.

Keeping your teeth nice white ensures confidence and higher self-esteem, especially when it comes to winning someone over with a dazzling smile.

There are many ways you can keep your teeth in minty white condition to ensure that they look great; and what’s more, your oral hygiene will benefit too.

Let’s Look at The 10 Top Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White

We would love to hear your questions and comments below on the 10 Top Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White and what you think of these so please share your comments and experiences you have.

Tip 1 – Be aware of what you drink

Teeth staining drinks

Drinking lots of tea and coffee can stain your teeth

Certain beverages should be avoided in the quest to maintain white teeth. The main offenders are coffee, red wine, cola and tea. The culprit here is tannins, which all of these drinks contain. Tannins can also be found in drinks such as beer, cider, and grape juice.

Drinks with high acidity levels such as coffee also soften tooth enamel, which makes it easier for staining and discolouration to occur.

If you must drink a staining beverage, consider using a straw (non-plastic, eco-friendly preferably).

Frequency is also a big factor here, so if you don’t to give up your favourite tooth discolouring drink, at least attempt moderation instead.

Tip 2 – Be aware of what you eat

Teeth staining foods

Eating curries and other staining foods can dis-colour your teeth over time

Following on from the first tip, some foods, whilst otherwise healthy, can also run the risk of staining and discolouring your teeth.

To be specific; curries and also certain types of sauces such as tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, gravy and soy sauce.

Given their positive health properties, we wouldn’t advise you give these up, but do try to get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water and brushing your teeth after consuming berries.

Other foods to watch out for include dark berries such as blueberries, pomegranates, oranges and blackberries.

Tip 3 – Brush and floss every day

Brushing and flossing teeth

Keep your teeth clean by regular brushing and flossing

Maintain regular brushing and flossing habits; at least twice daily.

These can be supplemented by using whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Ensuring that plaque doesn’t build up will set you on the path to keeping teeth white and healthy.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue too; this is one a lot of us overlook.

Bacteria can make its way from the tongue to the teeth and discolour the enamel.

After brushing your teeth, it’s better not to rinse as this washes away the beneficial fluoride from the toothpaste which plays a big part in keeping teeth white.

Tip 4 – Keep a new tooth brush

Buy a new tooth brush

Buy a new toothbrush regularly to help clean unwanted stains

Throw away that old toothbrush! It’s no use brushing twice a day if the head of your brush is frayed or worn, and old brushes can simply transfer bacteria to the mouth.

This also applies to electric toothbrushes; the head should be changed every couple of months or so.

A good way to remember to do this is to buy a pack of four at the start of the year, and change your brush with each season.

Bonus tip: electric toothbrushes are more efficient at removing plaque and keeping teeth white, so its worth upgrading to one if you haven’t already.

Tip 5 – Apple a day keeps the doctor away

apple a day keeps the doctor away

An apple a day keeps the dentist away. Is this an old wives tale? or true – comment below

Chewing on a stick of sugar-free gum will help to generate saliva, which washes away debris from food as well as neutralizing the acid responsible for tooth decay.

Certain foods are reputed to help keep teeth clean by generating saliva.

These include strawberries, pineapple, apples, pears, celery, and carrots.

An upside is that these are all fruit and vegetables, so you’ll be contributing to your five a day whilst helping to maintain good dental hygiene and pearly white teeth.

You know what they say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.

Tip 6 – Cut out the cigarettes

Smoking stains your teeth

Be aware the tar in smoking can stain your teeth

Stub out the cigarettes! Aside from all the other health hazards smoking entails, tobacco is very detrimental to tooth whiteness.

Yellow stains and discolouration which occur as a result of the nicotine and tar from smoking can be tricky to remove with brushing alone.

Prolonged smoking habits can even result in brown staining of the teeth.

Cut back as much as possible or try to give up completely if you can. Even if it means switching to a vape short term, these don’t carry the same toxins and tar staining as cigarettes.

Tip 7 – Have regular check-ups

Dentist check ups

Take regular dentist check ups and opt for a cleaning hygienist

Make sure you see your dentist for regular check-ups.

This one seems obvious, but it can be easy to let this habit slide when life gets in the way.

Some people also have a degree of anxiety vis a vis visiting the dentist and therefore may put off scheduling in a check up, but it’s the number one way of keeping teeth clean, healthy and white.

Discussing whitening treatment with a professional is also a good idea before you decide to whiten teeth yourself.

Tip 8 – Brush occasionally with Baking Soda

Baking soda for teeth whitening

Occasional brushing with baking soda may help to remove stains

Home remedies such as brushing teeth with baking soda are still widely practised.

It’s important not to overdo this however as erosion of tooth enamel is a possible adverse effect. Limit gentle brushing with baking soda to once or twice a week. This is a classic and is why we featured this in the 10 Top Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White.

Another home remedy is rinsing with warm water and salt – not only does this help whiten teeth, it also helps kill bacteria and promote healthy gums too.

A less well known home remedy for teeth whitening is swilling a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth, ideally for around a quarter of an hour.

Tip 9 – Use whitening toothpastes regularly

Whitening tooth paste

Use whitening tooth past regularly

Home whitening treatments are very popular; these include whitening toothpastes, rinses, gel strips and gel trays.

Whitening toothpastes and rinses have added ingredients compared to their regular counterparts such as silica and hydrogen peroxide respectively.

This offers a more abrasive clean for dealing with more persistent and stubborn staining and discolouration.

Gel based treatments use bleach (smaller amounts than a professional dental procedure) to help break down stains. Using home kits for whitening is a good way to help maintain whiteness after having teeth whitened professional at a dental practice.

If your teeth are already stained or discoloured, home whitening may prove less effective than a visit to the dentist for professional whitening treatment.

Tip 10 – Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of water

Drink regular plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water not only ensures you remain hydrated, it is also very beneficial in washing away food debris after meals.

Try to get into the habit of drinking a glass of water after breakfast, lunch and dinner; your teeth will thank you for it!

If you’re in the habit of drinking dark fruit juices and other staining beverages, try to cut back on these in favour of water instead as you’ll essentially be doubling down on white teeth maintenance habits.

Milk is also a good source of calcium for your teeth!

If you’re looking for a Professional to boost your teeth whiteness to help get your smile going then why not book a teeth whitening appointment with us today.

We trust you enjoyed our 10 Top Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White, so please feel free to comment below;

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Professional Teeth Whitening vs Home Kits

Professional teeth whitening

The difference in results between professional teeth whitening and home kits

If you are contemplating whitening your teeth, one of the first thoughts that will arise is the difference between professional teeth whitening vs home kits, and whether you should you use a home kit, or seek professional teeth whitening treatment.

In either case, the first thing it’s recommended that you should do is to check the reviews and carry out extensive research; this will help you decide whether home treatments will be sufficient or if a professional teeth whitening appointment and treatment will be necessary. Let’s dig a little deeper and discuss Professional Teeth Whitening vs Home Kits some more below.

What treatment is best?

To give you an idea of what treatment might be best, it’s important to understand that there are different levels of staining and discolouration of the teeth.

Extrinsic staining refers to exterior stains, usually caused by dietary factors and lifestyle habits. Intrinsic staining is often medical in nature and, as such, will more than likely require professional attention.

In general, less severe staining and discolouration can sometimes be treated at home whilst heavier discolouration will likely need professional treatment for a more effective outcome.

Professional teeth whitening vs home kits

Professional laser teeth whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening

As far as professional teeth whitening procedures go, one of the most common involves the use of trays which are custom made for the patient, and ensure optimal coating of the teeth with minimal irritation to gums.

Another benefit of having a custom tray treatment with a professional is that the treatment bleaching gel has a higher degree of peroxide, making it more efficient and leaving your teeth whiter for longer. The most effective professional teeth whitening methods use laser teeth whitening.

Going to a fully qualified whitening technician for teeth whitening treatment is generally also safer than attempting an at home treatment as you will be under the constant care and attention of an experienced professional. Star Whitening offer mobile teeth whitening treatments as well that will visit your chosen location.

However, this option can be quite expensive in comparison, but the results can be much better!

Teeth Whitening Laser Technology

Teeth whitening laser-based technology, sometimes referred to power whitening, is another professional form of teeth whitening that you can receive.

Similar to the at-home LED pen method, this involves coating the teeth with a bleaching product. But instead of an LED pen, high power UV light is used to enhance and quicken the action of the bleaching agent.

This produces much better results than the relatively low powered LED equivalent. Star Whitening use 3 types of laser light red, blue and purple.

Home Kits

ross friends teeh whitening

Ross from Friends tried out his own teeth whitening gel

For all those ‘Friends Fans’ out there, remember the time when Ross tried to whiten his own teeth, and he seemed to go a little over the top.

Well, there are many different approaches to whitening your teeth at home – let’s examine the most popular ones in a bit more detail.

Whitening toothpaste and rinses are two of the simplest, cheapest and easily accessible approaches to home teeth whitening.

Whitening toothpastes contain things such as silica which offer greater levels of abrasion towards staining compared to regular toothpaste.

Similarly, whitening mouthwashes boast added ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide which you won’t find in standard mouthwashes. Again, the effects of these can be quite gradual however, and are definitely not as deep-cleansing as bleach-based methods.

As such, they might be better suited to use for keeping teeth white after a more rigorous whitening method has been applied – especially in cases of more severe initial discolouration.

Gel strips are small strips which are applied directly to teeth for up to two hours daily.

These are handy as you can apply them whenever is convenient for you without the time and expense of a dental appointment.

However, a reported issue with gel strips is that they can sometimes leave an uneven finish, owing to the fact that the strips don’t get at the crevices of the teeth.

Whitening trays are another popular home-based treatment. These are bitten down so that the gel inside whitens your teeth quickly.

Home trays are not customised to your teeth, however, which raises risks of gum irritation if the peroxide based gel makes contact with the gums.

As with gel strips, this method can also run the risk of inconsistencies and unevenness in the finish.

A method which is considered a bit more effective than strips or trays is LED teeth whitening pens.

This involves coating the teeth with a whitening gel and placing a guard to prevent contact of the gel with lips.

An LED pen is then utilised to speed up the effects of the gel. In cases of heavier staining and discolouration, an LED pen will not prove as effective as the UV laser method a professional can administer.

Professional teeth whitening vs home kits

So what are the benefits of using teeth whitening kits at home?

Teeth whitening at home is unquestionably going to cost less than a qualified technician for professional treatment, which is important to bear in mind if budget is a concern.

Whitening teeth at home is also a lot more convenient for many who are time-pressed to get an appointment; you can do it at home whenever is convenient for you.

Dental appointments for teeth whitening treatment can be expensive and there can also be a waiting period before you can start treatment.

Star Whitening offer a mobile teeth whitening service and are open weekends and evenings for appointments to help make the treatment convenient for clients.

Downside to Home kits

The downside to whitening teeth at home is that you are unlikely to achieve such rigorous results as you would with a Qualified Technician.

Home bleach based treatments tend to use a lot lower percentage of peroxide and are therefore less effective, especially when it comes to heavy staining and discolouration.

Home LED pen based treatments, whilst much cheaper, will never match the and outcome of having your teeth whitened professionally using a UV laser treatment.

Whitening your teeth at home can also carry some risks such as gum irritation from misapplying gels or strips, or teeth sensitivity as result of leaving a treatment on for too long and dehydrating the teeth.

Clinical teeth whitening should always be carried out by a Fully Qualified Teeth Whitening Technician to ensure optimal safety and effectiveness.

In conclusion, for the best results under the safest conditions, the professional teeth whitening route is the go-to option, but it is of course more costly.

For less heavily discoloured teeth, a home kit may suffice; again, it’s best to have a conversation with a professional first before you decide which route.

Please have your say below as we love to publish your comments – What’s your thoughts on Professional Teeth Whitening vs Home Kits?

You can also check out professional teeth whitening prices here.

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The Difference Between Teeth Bleaching and Whitening

If you’ve decided that your teeth are looking a little stained or yellow, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is what’s the difference between teeth bleaching and whitening?

Do you choose to bleach or whiten your teeth to get the best smile you can?

So, what exactly is the difference between these two practices?

Bleaching vs Whitening

Difference between bleaching and whitening

The Difference between teeth bleaching and whitening

The first thing to clear up here is that whitening is a general, catch-all term for any method which is intended to break up stains and remove discolouration from teeth. So, let’s look in more detail at the difference between the two.

What is Bleaching?

Bleaching is a specific form of teeth whitening which involves using peroxide based bleach to eliminate stains and restore teeth to their pearly whiteness.

There are a number of different other forms of teeth whitening, from over the counter gels, pastes and strips, to natural remedies which have been around for hundreds of years.

If you’re deciding whether or not to whiten your teeth with a bleach based treatment, the first thing you should do is seek consultation with a professional who will be able to advise and guide you towards the treatment which is best for you.

Before you book an appointment, here are some things to keep in mind which can help determine whether or not bleaching is likely to be necessary for you.

There are two types of teeth staining; intrinsic and extrinsic.

Extrinsic is lighter, exterior staining of the tooth usually due to factors such as the food/drink you consume and smoking, whilst intrinsic staining can often be linked to medical factors, or age.

Of the two types of staining, intrinsic is heavier and definitely will require dental consultation for a possible bleaching treatment.

Extrinsic staining levels can vary; light extrinsic staining may benefit from other treatments other than bleaching such as whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, or natural remedies.

How does bleaching work?

How does bleaching work and how does it differ from other whitening methods?

Teeth bleaching involves the application of either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide which penetrate tooth enamel, instigating an oxidising chemical reaction which breaks down and removes stains, leaving teeth shiny white as a result.

Bleaching teeth is more effective than milder methods of whitening; these latter methods are often better for maintaining whiteness once optimal whiteness has been achieved via bleaching.

Why bleaching can be more effective

The reason bleaching is so much more effective than gentler whitening methods is that it penetrates down to the enamel of the teeth where stains can be embedded and resistant to scrubbing and rinsing, etc.

When we talk about bleaching teeth, it’s important to bear in mind, however, that not all bleaching methods are the same; some are more effective than others. Let’s look at some of the various teeth bleaching procedures available, both at home and professionally.

Various bleaching methods available

The first thing to note is that bleaching at home and receiving a bleaching procedure from a professional are likely to be liable to different outcomes.

This is because Professional Whitening Technicians bleaching treatments will use a much higher percentage of bleaching agents and, as such, will be more effective.

Bleaching trays administered by a professional are also custom-made for more accurate results; at home generic bleaching trays can lead to uneven whitening results and gum irritation should the bleaching gel come into contact with gums.

Another thing to note when it comes to at home vs dental bleaching treatments is the cost; obviously getting your teeth bleached professionally will cost more but the results will be much more effective.

Bleaching is often supplemented by high intensity light exposure to speed up the process.

If you are bleaching your teeth at home this will likely involve an LED pen. Fully Qualified Professional Technicians will utilise a higher powered UV laser light for quicker and more efficient results.

You can also start up your own teeth whitening business here in your area.

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As bleaching is a bit more intensive than many other whitening methods, there are some risks to be aware of.

Bleaching can result in enhanced teeth sensitivity; this happens when the teeth become dehydrated as a result of the bleaching process.

This should never be long term and sensitivity should wear off between a few hours and a week.

As we’ve mentioned before, gum irritation is another factor to look out for, which is why custom bleaching trays from a clinic are preferable to generic ones you can buy and use at home.

Home bleaching also runs the risk of leaving teeth with an uneven finish, especially when using strips, as the bleaching agent may not reach the crevices of the tooth.

You should really always go to a qualified professional treatment to have tooth bleaching carried out.

If you decide bleaching your teeth is not for you – maybe you think the staining and discolouration is mild enough that it can be treated by other methods or you are wary of the risks of bleaching – what other methods are available?

Let’s look in a bit more detail at other whitening treatments.

What are whitening treatments?

Dental veneers offer an alternative means of creating a shiny white smile.

Made from porcelain, veneers have the added advantage of correcting other cosmetic flaws such as chipped or eroded teeth.

However, compared with whitening, veneers can be a pretty costly option.

You could combine veneers and whitening treatments; it’s best to talk to your dentist about this.

Whitening toothpaste and rinses are good ways to maintain your teeth a pearly white, but they don’t really work as an alternative to bleaching.

Rather, they’re ideal if you’ve had your teeth bleached and want to keep up the look for longer.

Similarly, eating certain foods (carrots, pineapples, bananas, and nuts) and avoiding certain beverages (coffee, red wine, cola) can help prevent staining of the teeth.

Again, if teeth are already extrinsically stained, these home whitening techniques like we’ve mentioned such as toothpastes, gels trays etc. won’t have a great impact on whitening them – rather, they’ll help keep teeth whitened after stronger treatments such as bleaching have been administered.

More helpful information

Professional Teeth Whitening vs Home Kits

What is Teeth Whitening?

Top 10 tips for a dazzling white smile

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